Perhaps Mayday, in its implied greatness, is just another Amazonian invasion of our privacy we should be wary of.
Hoping to cash in on the insanely lucrative market for romance novels, I decided to write one with my friend, Barry Golson. Granted, the genre is dominated by women, but so what? How hard could it be?
Indie bookstores like Skylight and surviving libraries are resilient. Perhaps even more so than the digital books on our e-tablets.
I have a box filled with favorite books read to my boys when they were quite young. Many of them have "dog-eared" pages, finger prints, little tears. Just touching them brings back innumerable memories of hours spent with each of them on my lap as I read these books.
"I've written a couple thousand comic scripts and a dozen or so short stories in prose," Chuck Dixon says, but he never attempted a novel -- until he was given a deadline of only a month to do it in.
So, I eat crow on this one. I've been trumpeting the digital revolution for readers for years. But I miss my tattered pages, my rumpled book covers, my heavy backpack, my cherished, cherished book covers.
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Hugh Howey, John Dumas and Danny Iny all have one thing in common. The bestselling author, top-ranking podcaster and profitable entrepreneur have a habit of giving their books away for free.
Adding value doesn't have to mean diminishing the previous value. I think it is heartening that libraries are finding ways to survive -- and flourish. It is worthy that they provide digital access to those who need and want it.
Tackling Tolstoy was an emotional, as well as a financial investment. Even if you couldn't wade through the hefty prose, that beautiful hardback edition would display prominently on your oak bookshelf, right next to your edition of Finnegans Wake, by James Joyce.
We need more and more information. We have an insatiable urge for fantasy, and its possibilities. And we want it in a new garb. Books today have turned the casualty, as a result of this. Why did libraries lose charm, when we still have our reading habits intact?
I really shouldn't tell you any more. I wouldn't want to spoil it! You'll just have to find out for yourself by reading the book. I've priced it at $2.99. Those with short attention spans will be glad to know it's a quick read.
Eight hours later, I checked my ebook's page on Amazon and there it was: A glowing, five-star review! Four paragraphs in length, even. And it appeared the reviewer had actually read my ebook.
Other companies have tried and failed to institute a paywall for this new way of reading news. Why are we suddenly hopeful that this model could work?
Meet Marla. Marla was a struggling independent author who wrote mostly fiction books in the Horror genre. Then one day Marla said to herself, "If I want to make a living at writing maybe I should write more of what people want to read?" Smut!
Call me a Luddite if you like, but I keep wondering if it might not make some sense to have at least one outpost left in our over-wired world that just says no to glittering disks and glowing screens.
by Daniel Alarcón
by Donna Tartt
by Jennifer DuBois
by Julian Barnes
Published on September 24th, 2013